Interesting points in general - but I wouldn’t totally agree. I was quiet surprised with some of the crowds we got at the height of the Daly era, both the 2013 Leinster semi and AI semi were well enough attended. Sure, not in the football class of things, but it was nothing too shabby either. At other times it can be dismal right enough, but that is just the way of things, I do believe there is a decent latent support out there if the team got any form of success.
As regards how we would do without the top four clubs, I think we have a surprising spread of clubs on the senior team. Would we do as well, absolutely not, but we might not do terrible either.
If we get the full squad back, we will do ok. We are top 6 I think, and that’s fine. What we lack to go further is just athleticism - any guy who is strong, fast or tall (or all three) is being snapped up by the footballers. We have the hurlers and in some cases we have the athleticism, we just don’t have them in the same person (we did in the shape of Schutte, Kilkenny, Costello and Brady). There are exceptions though, Rushe, Sutcliffe, Crummy, Conroy, Boland (x2) and Dillon have it - but they mainly aren’t available at the moment.
I take the main point, we are not super strong in depth, but we are strong enough to be at least reaching AI semis - and from there the tradition will build.